Energy Financing

Leaks: Trump Budget to Demolish DOE Programs

Cheryl Kaften

Leaks about President Donald J. Trump’s budget are causing “fear and loathing” at the Department of Energy, to borrow a phrase from writer Hunter S. Thompson. Indeed, the DOE “would see major reductions in funding,” according to a January 19 report by The Hill – which predicts that “Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over ten years.”


DoE Launches Financing Navigator

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) introduced a Web-based navigator aimed at helping public and private organizations find financing for their projects. The Better Buildings Financing Navigator, the DoE says, is designed to enable those in search of financing to “search by topic, or answer a few simple questions to get tailored results,   …Continue Reading


Wyoming Legislators Covet a Cut of Federal ‘Windfall’

Cheryl Kaften

A joint resolution sponsored by State Senator Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower) and five other lawmakers in the Wyoming Legislature, which convenes its 2017 General Session today, urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting states 50 percent for any rent or right-of-way fees for wind projects on federal land, according to a January 9 report by the Casper Star Tribune.


Customers Lose As Congress Fails To Renew Energy Efficiency Tax Breaks

Cheryl Kaften

The Alliance to Save Energy is calling on legislators to restore common-sense energy efficiency tax breaks for American consumers and businesses that Congress –“ like a Grinch,” the energy efficiency coalition said – allowed to expire on December 31.


Stewart’s Shops: Never Too Old to Learn

Carl Weinschenk

The convenience store chain, which has more than 330 outlets in upstate New York and southern Vermont, is using solar to save a lot of money.


ComEd Awards $1.2M in Credits

Carl Weinschenk

ComEd’s Peak Time Savings (PTS) program has earned customers more than $1.2 million in credits in exchange for their efforts to reduce electric usage, according to the company. The program was introduced during the summer of 2015. It provides customers a $1 bill credit for every kilowatt hour of energy reducing during peak time savings hours, which   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric’s NEO Network: Helping Make Efficiency Projects Real

Carl Weinschenk

Helping organizations get to the point at which they will benefit from emerging energy efficiency and renewable technology is the goal of The NEO Network, an online platform from Schneider Electric.


PACE Financing Sets Its Sights on the Commercial Sector

Carl Weinschenk

This week, The YGRENE Energy Fund was lauded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge for facilitating more than $100 million in commercial energy efficiency projects through Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing. That’s a lot of money – but just the start of the firm’s involvement with commercial entities, said Louis-Philippe Lalonde, YGRENE’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Lalonde   …Continue Reading


Energy Aggregation Becomes a Business Option

Carl Weinschenk

Energy aggregator Good Energy says that the concept is growing and will roll out across more states during 2016 and beyond. Aggregation is an approach to energy procurement in which customers in a given community band together to get better deals than they would individually. This approach to date has mostly been used by residential customers.   …Continue Reading


Ithaca College Makes Its Solar Move

Carl Weinschenk

Ithaca College, which is in the town of the same name in upstate New York, announced yesterday that it is building a 9,215 panel solar park about 40 miles away from the campus. The project, which is about 75 percent completed, will supply 10 percent of the school’s energy, which is enough to supply three   …Continue Reading